Ponte Vedra Beach Home Makeover
Over seven years, they made minor adjustments to their house in bits and spurts until some cracks in their kitchen countertops prompted them to call designer Andrew Howard. A few suggestions led to a remodel plan that involved raising the ceilings and painting the rooms with fresh, light colors. Here, Howard shares his wisdom on how to transform a sorely dated residence into a dream home.
The walls are painted Benjamin Moore's Morning Dew.
The chairs are by Lee Industries. The pendants are from Visual Comfort.
The side tables and chairs are from Noir; the curtain fabric is by Kravet.
The custom built-in is painted Pale Gray from Ralph Lauren. The pillows are from Mrs. Howard.
The custom paint job is by Stephen Floyd Design. The bedding is by John Robshaw.
The walls are painted Sea Reflections by Benjamin Moore. The table runner is from Mrs. Howard.
Wear it out. Consider distressing and hand-scraping furniture before placing it in high-traffic areas in a kid-friendly home. This extra step provides character and cleverly masks future play-related imperfections.
Pick a focal point. Choose just one thing to make a big statement in each room. If everything stands out, nothing does.
Refinish old favorites. If there's a piece you love, don't be afraid to sand it down and apply bright, fresh paint to give it new life.
Rething your palette. Go with darker colors for walls in windowless rooms; the depth of hue can make a closed-in space feel cozy instead of crowded.